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unmasking the gunman. investigators say the man who opened fire at a sikh temple had ties to the white supremacy movement. after assad. the u.s. banks on a rebel victory and looks to a syria free from the regime of bashar al assad. and new attack. president obama jabs at mitt romney's proposal to cut taxes for wealthier americans. >> it's like robin hood in reverse. it's romney hood. captioning funded by cbs
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good morning, everybody. good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. this morning, investigators in wisconsin are trying to determine what caused the former soldier to go on a deadly shooting spree inside a sikh temple. wade michael page killed six worshipers sunday morning before being shot to death by police. last night at another sikh temple 100 miles away, people of all faiths gathered to remember the victims and make sense of the tragedy. at the white house, the president said if the attacks were motivated by ethnicity, americans should "recoil" against those kinds of attitudes. >> in this country, regardless of what we look like, where we come from, who we worship, we are all one people. >> while no motive for the shooting has been established, authorities say page had been linked to white supremacist groups for more than a decade. in a 2010 interview with the white supremacist website, wade michael page said he started playing in white power bands in 2000. according to an intelligence firm that scans the internet for extremist activity, page also posted hundreds of messages on white supremacist websites since march of 2010.
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>> my sense is that we are not talking about someone who was on the fringes of the scene but really someone who was in the thick of the white supremacist world, and especially the music world. >> authorities, however, have not uncovered any writings by page that indicate he was planning the attack. sources tell cbs news federal officials came across page's name during various investigations but that he was never a target. >> we had no reason to believe and as far as i know, no law enforcement agency had any reason to believe that he was planning or plotting or capable of such violence. >> the 40-year-old page joined the army in 1992, but he was demoted and later discharged in 1998 for being drunk on duty and absent without leave. sources say page legally purchased the .9-millimeter pistol he i'd used at this gun shop in milwaukee just a week before the shooting spree. >> a balding male with glasses may have gone inside with a gun and there were shots fired. >> and we're getting a clear picture of what happened inside the sikh temple as the gunfire
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erupted. while some worshipers hid, others tried to stop the gunman. satwant kaleka was the temple's president. his family says he tried to take down the shooter with a ceremonial knife but was shot twice and killed. >> my father, by engaging the shooter, saved a tremendous more of heartache because people were able to get to cover. >> lieutenant brian murphy was the first officer at the scene. he was shot at least eight times and remains in the hospital. the gunfire could be heard on police scanners. >> man with a gun, white t-shirt. [ sirens ] >> other officers arrived and ordered page to drop his weapon. police say when page started shooting, the officers returned fire, killing him. >> subject down! subject down! >> page had a short criminal history prior to the shooting. in the 1990s, he pleaded guilty to criminal mischief and dui. the fbi is treating the shooting as an act of domestic terrorism. a mosque in joplin, missouri, was burned to the ground by what the fbi calls a suspicious fire.
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that fire was first reported early yesterday morning. it's the second fire to strike the joplin islamic center in little more than a month. a fire in july was deliberately set. there were no injuries in monday's fire and no arrests. the man accused of opening fire outside a tucson supermarket last year, jared loughner, is due in court today. loughner is accused of killing 6 people and wounding 13 others, including former congresswoman gabrielle giffords. prosecutors want to cut a deal with loughner, a guilty plea in exchange for life in prison. he originally pleaded not guilty. they first have to prove loughner is mentally competent. civil war in syria following the defection of the prime minister, the obama administration says the assad regime is crumbling from within. forces continue to fire on rebel positions in the capital of damascus and syria's largest city, aleppo. manuel gallegus is in washington with more this morning. manny, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, terrell.
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the white house says high-level defections prove that syria's president has lost control of his government, and the u.s. says the rebels seem to be holding their own without american military involvement. smoke filled the air as syrian government forces stepped up their attack on rebel troops in the city of aleppo. the two-week offensive has yet to break the rebels. that's giving some hope that they can eventually win the war and overthrow president bashar assad. >> the momentum is with the opposition and with the syrian people. >> reporter: on monday, the syrian government introduced a new prime minister to take the place of former prime minister riyad hijab, who defected from the assad government and fled with his family to jordan. >> if he cannot maintain cohesion within his own inner circle, it reflects on his inability to maintain any following among the syrian people. >> reporter: secretary of state hillary clinton is headed to turkey to hold talks with the government there about the future of syria. the question is, what will happen after assad is no longer
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in power? some syrians say the u.s. needs to be more involved now in order to ensure syria becomes a democracy. syria's neighbors are concerned about what will happen to the country's weapons in the days following assad's fall. >> what scares most of us is is the chemical weapons falling into rebel hands and who are those rebels? and obviously, the use of chemical weapons against innocent people. >> reporter: jordan's king abdullah tells cbs's charlie rose the war in syria needs to be resolved by the end of the year, or the violence will get worse. but it's unclear just how quickly a post-assad era will come and at what cost. and the u.s. says, so far, it will only offer nonlethal humanitarian aid. terrell? >> manny gallegus in washington for us. thank you so much. by the way, you can see more of charlie rose's interview with jordan's king abdullah later on "cbs this morning." campaign 2012 now. the issue of taxes continues to prompt contentious debate.
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speaking to supporters last night in connecticut, president obama again made the case that mitt romney's tax plan would give tax breaks to the wealthiest americans while forcing middle class families to foot the bill. >> he'd ask the middle class to pay more in taxes so that he could give another $250,000 tax cut to people making more than $3 million a year. it's like robin hood in reverse. it's romney hood. [ laughter ] >> the romney campaign says president obama is the only candidate who would raise taxes on the american people. the president and democrats raised $75 million last month. that falls far short, though, of what was brought in to help mitt romney's effort. for the third straight month, mitt romney and the republicans have taken in more campaign contributions than the president and the democrats. the romney campaign and the republican national committee raised over $101 million in july and now have more than $185 million in cash on hand. during the president's trip to connecticut yesterday, two
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small planes entered restricted air space. the first incident took place at 7:00 p.m. an f-15 fighter jet followed a plane over long island until it landed. about a half hour later, another plane was intercepted over new haven, connecticut, also followed until it landed safely. in oklahoma, wildfires have claimed their first victim. officials say they found a body in a home destroyed by the fire. in some parts, the flames were reportedly so intense, they were like a fire tornado. manuel bojorquez has more. >> reporter: brandy west was one of dozens who returned to see what was left of her home. >> i mean, i'm more worried about everybody else than i am myself. >> reporter: officials have now contained roughly half of the 50 fires that raged through the state this weekend. the largest was described as a monster fire that devoured nearly 90 square miles. arson is suspected as the cause of one of the fires, but the severe drought is also to blame. according to the u.s. drought monitor, 100% of oklahoma is in
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drought, 70% of it is extreme. nationally, more than 60% of the country is in moderate or exceptional drought. three months ago, it was less than 40%. >> here, girls, come on! >> reporter: lyle mackey is a farmer in luther, oklahoma. >> it is a tinder box. i mean, the grass crunches under your feet. >> reporter: he says the drought has caused the corn to feed cattle to skyrocket over 20% over last year. he had 30 cows then. this year, he can only afford to feed seven. the feeling you have right now, you're feeling helpless. >> well, i'm frustrated. i mean, it's the fact that without the rain, without the moisture, everything's just denied. >> reporter: not far from lyle mackey's farm, this is what we encountered. the drought is setting the stage for fires, which are literally changing the landscape. and it's early in the fire
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season here, so people are worried, wondering how much worse things can get. manuel bojorquez for cbs news, luther, oklahoma. >> we will take a quick break on a tuesday. when we come back, banking investigation. britain's standard charter faces multibillion dollar money laundering allegations. plus, the highway hazard caught on tape. a man takes a joy ride in a shopping cart. this is the "cbs morning news." cart. this is the "cbs morning news." ♪ abracadabra. hershey's milk chocolate with almonds in pieces. your favorites, in pieces.
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that's good morning, veggie style. hmmm. for half the calories plus veggie nutrition. could've had a v8. all right, this is a little weird and a whole lot of dangerous, by the way. this guy in russia is riding a shopping cart in the middle of a four-lane highway! this video apparently taken friday on someone's dashboard camera. a motoring website which posted the video suggests the man had too much vodka, which is pretty impressive considering this was taken at about 9:00 in the morning. but if you work this shift, 9:00 sounds about just right, 7:00 or 8:00 if you're doing it right. "cbs money watch," a
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possible buyout for best buy and gibson guitar reaches a settlement. ashley morrison is here with more. ashley, good morning. >> i'm not going to comment on that. good morning, terrell. a british bank is accused of laundering $250 billion. by iran's government. regulators in new york say standard chartered bank concealed and lied about transactions with iranians officials. authorities say the transactions threatened the u.s. financial system. shares of the bank plunged this morning on the news. standard chartered says it rejects the allegations. overseas stocks rallied on signs of new action against europe's debt crisis. tokyo's nikkei gained nearly 1% while hong kong's hang seng added a fraction. on wall street, stocks were quiet after last week's turbulence. the dow was up 21 points while the nasdaq gained 22. one stock that did move well was best buy. on monday, the store's founder offered to take the chain private. richard schulze offered between $24 and $26 per share. best buy is trying to avoid the
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state of rival at prominent retailer circuit city, which went bankrupt in 2009. gibson guitar will pay a $300,000 fine for illegally importing wood from overseas. federal agents raided the last year. by agreeing to the settlement, gibson will avoid criminal prosecution. and if you ever need a cupcake on the run, an illinois bakery can certainly help you out. sprinkles cupcake shop installed a cupcake atm on the patio of its bakery. anyone with a sweet tooth can swipe their credit card and grab a cupcake of their choice. the machine can hold up to 500 cupcakes at a time. that sounds like an idea that needs to make its way here. >> to cbs, i know. you know, they always find a way to give us more of exactly what we don't need, right? >> i know, right? >> love to see the fight at that machine. >> especially in this building. >> boom! ashley morrison here in new york. ashley, good to see you. thank you so much. when we come back, we'll have your weather on a tuesday
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morning. and in sports, this is definitely not tebow time at the new york jets training camp. not tebow time at the new york jets training camp.
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he here's a look at the forecast in some cities around the country. sunshine in new york, 86 degrees. partly cloudy in miami, 88. thunderstorms in chicago, 89. sunny and hot in dallas, 104. sunshine in los angeles, 89 degrees. let's check your national forecast. severe thunderstorms are expected to develop from louisiana to florida. the four corner states in montana.
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temperatures in parts of the west will be 15 degrees above normal. it will be coreching in the desert region where the mercury could hit a sizzling 120 degrees. in sports this morning, a strong day for the u.s. in the london olympics and a miracle in manchester. the u.s. women's soccer team came back three different times to tie canada with alex morgan scoring the winning goal in o.t. the u.s. women are now headed to the needed.
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they shut them out to take the final spot. preseason football now. terrell owens is back. terrell owens, not terrell, by the way. the veteran wide receiver tried out for the seattle seahawks monday and made the team. he sat out last season following surgery on his knee. he did play indoor football, though. owens could be on the field today practicing with his new team. and check out this, big brawl at the jets training camp. joe mcknight and safety d'anton lynn went at it. then a bunch of other players joined in, some tried to break it up, including tim tebow. lordy, lordy, tim tebow. lasted about a minute, then everybody went back to work like nothing had even happened. coach rex ryan said it definitely wasn't a melee because they weren't throwing punches.
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i think they just missed each other in the offseason and this was just, hey, bud, good to see you. when we come back, the first look at "zero dark thirty," the controversial movie about the manhunt for osama bin laden. controversial movie about the manhunt for osama bin laden. cran-cherry juice drinks are made with sweet cherries and the crisp, clean taste of our cranberries. i cannot tell a lie -- 'tis tasty. okay, george washington, did you take my truck out last night? 'tis tasty. try our new lunch-size grilled chicken fajitas,
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here's a look at the weather in some cities across the country. in d.c., sunny and humid, 88. afternoon thunderstorms in atlanta, 84. sunshine in st. louis, 96. afternoon thunderstorms in denver, 93. in seattle, partly sunny skies, 81 degrees. get ready for some riveting testimony in the trial of former boston mobster whitey bulger. his lawyer says the 82-year-old will take the stand at his trial next year. he's accused of taking part in 19 murders but claims he was an fbi informant and has immunity. bulger was arrested in california last year after being on the run for 16 years. the trailer for the controversial movie about the death of osama bin laden has been released.
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it's called "zero dark thirty." >> when was the last time you saw bin laden? >> conservative critics blasted the film, saying the white house gave oscar-winning director kathryn bigelow access to classified information and planned to release it a month before the election. filmmakers say the movie has no political agenda and will be released in december. secretary of state hillary clinton took a break from a tour to africa to meet with nelson mandela. clinton visited the former south african president in his home yesterday. mandela celebrated his 94th birthday last month. also in south africa, a statue to commemorate 50 years since mandela was arrested was unveiled over the weekend. it's made of 50 steel columns to represent his imprisonment. from a certain angle, his image comes into focus. mandela was incarcerated for 27 years. coming up after your local news on "cbs this morning," a preview of arizona shooting suspect jared loughner's court appearance today and a possible plea deal. i'm terrell brown. this is the "cbs morning news." this is the "cbs morning news." ñ
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